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"The challenge of doing something like Dead Man Walking is that there is no precedent."
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Sam Fleming | Susan Graham | Jake Heggie | Lotfi Mansouri | Terrence McNally | John Packard | Patrick Summers | Frederica von Stade | Michael Yeargan
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Michael Yeargan
Michael Yeargan's designs were featured in three new productions during the San Francisco Opera's 2000 - 2001 season: Luisa Miller, Dead Man Walking and Simon Boccanegra. The Texas native is a professor of stage design at the Yale School of Drama and the resident designer for the Yale Repertory Theatre, where he has designed more than 50 productions. Since his San Francisco Opera debut with the 1993 staging of I Puritani, his sets and costumes have been seen there in new productions of La Boheme, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto and the world premiere staging of A Streetcar Named Desire. Yeargan's North American opera credits include designs for the Metropolitan Opera (premiere of Harbison's The Great Gatsby, Ariadne auf Naxos, Otello, Cosi fan tutte, Susannah); the Los Angeles Opera (Stiffelio, Hansel und Gretel); the Lyric Opera of Chicago (premiere of Bolcom's A View from the Bridge, Antony and Cleopatra, Susannah, Nabucco); the Dallas Opera (Vanessa, Rigoletto, Boheme); the Houston Grand Opera (premiere of Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree, Susannah); and the Glimmerglass Opera (premiere of Central Park, La Finta Giardiniera, Butterfly), among others. Yeargan has also designed New York productions of Terrence McNally's Bad Habits and The Ritz and has worked extensively with the New York Shakespeare Festival, the American Repertory Theatre and at London's West End.

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